Wings Top Avs, Parise an Option?
The Detroit Red Wings took down the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 yesterday at the Joe, led by Johan Franzen's hat trick. Jimmy Howard recorded the win for Detroit, and Nick Lidstrom scored his team leading 6th goal of the year early in the first period. Dan Cleary also scored for Detroit. Gabriel Landeskog and Milan Hejduk scored for the Avs.
While the Wings won decisively, they started slow, and in my perspective gave the puck away too many times. Eventually they settled down after Lidstrom scored from the slot, and then Franzen got lucky a couple times. His first was a 'deflection' off a Valterri Filppula shot that just happened to clip his stick, the second was a beautiful slap-pass from Niklas Kronwall, and the third was an empty netter that flipped over everyone's heads and into the cage.
Howard played strong again, with one goal being questionable with him out of position under a dog pile and the second eight seconds into a powerplay. He has a 1.79 goals against average and a 0.928 save percentage (his record is only 6-3-1, which points to a lack of scoring).
Detroit went from scoring six goals in six games to scoring ten in two. Talk about inconsistent!
It seems that Franzen gets 3-5 goals one game and then takes a month off. Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg have to be sick or something, because Datsyuk looks like a weak rookie again and Zetterberg is skating in quicksand.
In better terms, the Wings problem this year is probably going to be lack of scoring. So, because the team has a ba-jillion dollars in cap space for the deadline, do something crazy. Get me Zach Parise.
Parise is in the last year of his contract, and is on a mediocre Devils team. He signed a one year deal with the Devils last year as an RFA worth $6 million. He only played in only 13 games last year due to injury, picking up 3 goals and 3 assists. This year he has 5 goals and 3 assists in the same number of games.
Cost isn't really a factor for the Wings financially. They have the cap space to pull off a deal, and there are guys they can trade for him (I won't get into who, many people already know).
The point is, if the Wings are intending on winning the Cup this year (they clearly are because Lidstrom wouldn't have re-signed), go out and get a top notch player. The Devils aren't going anywhere right now, and with rumours about Parise being unhappy in Jersey, let's make a move and get him at the deadline. He would be a great addition to a sluggish Wings offense, and could be one of the players they could lean on now and in the future.